AUBURN – After a national search, Auburn University President Jay Gogue has announced that Mary Ellen Mazey is the university’s choice for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees at its Jan. 29 meeting.
Mazey has an extensive background in teaching and administration, most recently as dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.
“Dr. Mazey brings to Auburn a vision and experience in higher education administration that will serve the university well in the coming years,” said Gogue. “Her expertise in the area of strategic planning will help us achieve the ambitious goals we have laid out for our future.”
Mazey holds both a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in geology from West Virginia University and a doctorate in urban geography from the University of Cincinnati. Since 2005, she has been a professor and dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, the university’s largest and most diverse academic unit. As dean, Mazey is responsible for 28 academic units, over 1,000 employees, and more than 50 academic programs from certificates to 12 doctoral degrees. Currently, the college has more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and programs that encompass 15 campus buildings and other facilities.
Prior to her tenure at West Virginia, Mazey previously served in various administrative capacities at Wright State University for more than 20 years, including a six-year term as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. From 1996-97, Mazey was director of the Office of University Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“It is an honor to be selected as provost at Auburn University,” said Mazey. “I look forward to working with President Gogue, the administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni to build our state, national and international reputation. Auburn is an outstanding land-grant institution, and I am pleased to be part of the team that will guide it toward its 21st century vision.”
During her tenure as dean at West Virginia, Mazey has been responsible for the creation and implementation of the strategic plan, the college budget and allocation to departments and programs, fundraising, research funding and overseeing the development of new programs. She has also worked with the college’s departments and in university-wide initiatives in the recruitment of faculty, staff and administrators.
As director of the Office of University Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mazey oversaw the administration of a $25 million budget and five grant programs. She also served as HUD’s liaison to colleges and universities across the country, to higher education professional associations and to other federal agencies.
Among her many administrative appointments at Wright State, Mazey served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, executive assistant to the president and director for both the Office of Urban Affairs and the Center for Urban and Public Affairs.
Mazey has been a member of the Council of College of Arts and Sciences since 2000 and has served on the board since 2007. She has served in several leadership positions as a member of the Urban Affairs Association, the Ohio Academy of Science and the American Association of Geographers and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She is the recipient of several awards for both outstanding teaching and distinguished professional service and was named West Virginia’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus in 2004.
The new provost succeeds John Heilman, who retired at the end of 2008 after three years in that position and 35 years on the Political Science faculty. Heilman also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and special assistant to the president.